I scored 2 and still got Fergie hairdryer
LOUIS SAHA has revealed how Alex Ferguson left him deaf and dumbstruck with his 'hairdryer' — after he scored TWICE.
28 February 2012
The Tottenham striker faces former club Manchester United and ex-manager Ferguson on Sunday in a crucial match at the top of the Premier League.
And Saha will never forget how the man he still calls 'boss' laid into him at half-time of only his second appearance for United at Everton.
He said: "When I headed towards the changing-room, I was feeling proud. As soon as I sat down, I was woken up in a violent way — Sir Alex Ferguson rendered me deaf.
"I was surprised but yes, it was me he was yelling and screaming at.
"He was going mad and I quickly understood why — he was unhappy because we came in with only a three-goal lead when we should have wrapped the game up.
"He was furious about my missed chances and reminded me that this is the very top level. Wow. I woke up even more sharply when 45 minutes later Everton had come back to 3-3. Goodison Park was on fire.
"Only Ruud van Nistelrooy helped me escape the nightmare — with a stoppage-time goal."
Saha's form has seen him recalled to the France squad for tomorrow's friendly against Germany.
After that, Saha will be desperate to get Tottenham back on track after Sunday's derby defeat to Arsenal.
The former Fulham striker tells the tale of life under Fergie in his new book 'Du quartier aux etoiles' or, 'From the inner city to the stars'.
Despite the early Ferguson treatment, Frenchman Saha went on to develop a close relationship with the United boss during 4½ injury-hit seasons at Old Trafford.
He tells of how he was so low after one injury that he went to Ferguson's office and said he should be treated like a youngster and have to prove himself a first-team player.
But Ferguson simply cut short his self-pitying speech and told him he would come back strongly.
When Saha asked Ferguson if he could interview him for his book, the United manager spoke just five hours after arriving home from a Champions League match.
In the interview, Ferguson reveals how he has adapted as a leader from a culture of boozy bonding sessions to today's world of agents and scientific training methods.
Saha will now try to put a dent in Ferguson and United's title bid.
And he clearly believes the return of Carlos Tevez to Manchester City could also spell trouble for United.
Saha recalls how ex-United ace Tevez virtually forced Fergie to put him on in a European match in Lyon in 2008 by constantly warming up and glaring at his boss.
That may have been the opposite attitude to his behaviour in the row with City boss Roberto Mancini — but Tevez scored a leveller and Saha even compares him to the likes of Lionel Messi.
Saha's book is published by Anne Carrière. For more go to louissaha08.com /du-quartier-aux-etoiles/